Here’s my print column from weekly Variety, focusing on the disparity in industry support between Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina, somewhat surprising given that the gulf is not as great between California’s gubernatorial hopefuls, Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman.
One candidate seeking to return to Washington has raised more money from Hollywood than any other: Barbara Boxer.
That’s no surprise, as her entertainment connections run deep and she’s been holding entertainment-centric fund-raisers for this race for years now.
What is a bit curious is how little industry support has gone to Boxer’s Republican challenger, Carly Fiorina.
Fiorina has not collected contributions from entertainment industry figures even at the same level as her fellow Silicon Valley veteran, Meg Whitman, running as a Republican in a tight race for governor against Democrat Jerry Brown.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Boxer has raised $712,712 from showbiz sources for her re-election bid, compared with less than $39,000 for Fiorina.